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The Southwest Missouri Museum Association, Inc. started as an Art Study Club organized by Miss Deborah Weisel in 1926 with six members: Mrs. John W. Byng, Mrs Edwina Cossey, Mrs. Guy Evans, Mrs. Lewis Luster, Mrs. Thomas Martin, and Mrs. Edward Wilhoit. Miss Weisel was a fine arts teacher at Springfield State Teachers College (now Missouri State University). The group incorporated as the Springfield Art Museum in 1928 and deeded the museum and its properties to the City of Springfield in 1947. We then became an organization of over 600 members called the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA).
 
Our purpose is to support and promote the Springfield Art Museum and art in Southwest Missouri by:
  1. Contributing to the Art Museum’s physical building needs not met by the City of Springfield.
  2. Making donations to the Art Museum including but not limited to works of art.
  3. Providing volunteer services to the Art Museum.
  4. Fostering programs and art instruction for the purpose of the enrichment of SMMA members and informing and interesting the community in the appreciation of art and the Springfield Art Museum.
We have many fund-raising events to meet these goals. Some of the services we provide are:
  • Hosting community receptions for the opening of exhibits at the museum
  • Busing for all the 5th grade students in the Springfield School District and surrounding areas to come to the Museum for a docent tour of  the exhibit once a year.
  • Purchase awards for Watercolor USA, the Prints USA and the MOAK (Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas) exhibits.
  • Send one representative to the National Docent Symposium
  • Purchase materials for the Museum Library
  • 16 student scholarships for art classes.
  • Museum Shop – Purchasing and staffing
PAST
The King-Isterdalen, Norway
 by Mary Butler

PRESENT
Preserving by Denny Bond

FUTURE
Fanny Crenshaw
by George Caleb Bingham
The King-Isterdalen, Norway
This pendant pair of husband and wife portraits by famous regionalist George Caleb Bingham is part of a new semi-permanent exhibition titled, Creating an American Identity, in the Musgrave Wing of the Springfield Art Museum. The portrait of Fanny Crenshaw has been with the museum since it was donated in 1990 by a member of the Crenshaw family. The portrait of Lewis Allen Dickens (L.A.D.) Crenshaw is on loan from a gallery in Kansas City. Having been separated for over 100 years, the two portraits will hang side by side once again

 SMMA Recent Acquisitions:  Watercolor USA Exhibit  Opens on Friday, June 7, 2013

Watercolor U.S.A. is a nationally known, annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous media painting. Featuring some of the country's best known artists and jurors, the event is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Hundreds of entries are received annually and judged for a variety of prizes and possible purchase by the Museum or its patrons. Approximately $40,000 in cash, merchandise, patron and Springfield Art Museum purchase awards are available. Organized in 1962 by the Springfield Art Museum, this event attracts thousands of visitors annually to the Museum and to Springfield to view the work of exhibitors.

James John Maria, Auctoritatem ipsius dei, 2011, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Southwest Missouri Museum Associates Purchase for the Museum Collection. Winner of the Robert E. Goodier Memorial $1,000 Cash Award for Traditional Transparent Watercolor, given by his children, Winslow and Elizabeth.

James John Maria, Auctoritatem Ipsius Dei, 2011, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Southwest Missouri Museum Associates Purchase for the Museum Collection. Winner of the Robert E. Goodier Memorial $1,000 Cash Award for Traditional Transparent Watercolor, given by his children, Winslow and Elizabeth.
Muriel Mimura, Maiko, Kyoto, 2011, watercolor on paper, 17.75 x 25 inches. Southwest Missouri Museum Associates Purchase for the Museum Collection, in honor of Margaret Hindman, SMMA Executive Secretary from 2002 to 2011.

Muriel Mimura, Maiko, Kyoto, 2011, watercolor on paper, 17.75 x 25 inches. Southwest Missouri Museum Associates Purchase for the Museum Collection, in honor of Margaret Hindman, SMMA Executive Secretary from 2002 to 2011.

Springfield Art Museum Exhibition Schedule 2014-2015

SMMA’s 2013-2014 Acquisitions Committee, consisting of Joyce Jones, Suzanne Rohman and Lana Cook, honored the request of the Springfield Art Museum’s curator by purchasing these two paintings as SMMA’s Watercolor USA 2013 Purchase Awards. Both works of art will join the museum’s permanent collection.

.Paradox: The Quest of Odin
by Andrew Kish III

Preserving by Denny Bond

 
 

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